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Plymouth County District Attorney Tim Cruz says his office has a commitment to helping abused children and prosecuting the abusers.
D.A. Cruz spoke to Christine James about this in light of several recent disturbing cases that involved children and possible voodoo practices.
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BOSTON -- A new advance in DNA technology called Phenotyping is giving law enforcement a new tool.
Phenotyping allows investigators to produce a life-like image of a suspect, based solely on a DNA sample.
Since the late 1980's, DNA technology has revolutionized the field of forensic science. DNA, found in biological evidence at crime scenes, has helped police break countless cases in a way that was unimaginable a few decades ago by providing a match from a sample to a suspect.Read more
December 15, 2017
On Dec. 11, Judge Jeffrey Locke acquitted three former corrections officers at Bridgewater State Hospital who each faced a manslaughter and civil rights charge in connection with the death of Joshua Messier. (“Judge clears three former guards in death of patient at Bridgewater State Hospital”) The verdict surprised some in the courtroom, but after years of investigating this case, I expected Judge Locke’s verdict would follow the letter of the law.Read more
November 10, 2017
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It was standing-room only at Mama Mia’s in Marshfield, as hundreds of people came out to support the Cops for Kids with Cancer fundraiser.
With food, music, and raffle prizes, people were all donating to the cause. The funds go directly to families, a $5,000 check for those in need, to spend however they want.
“They can use it for a vacation, they can use it for bills, they can use it for a swing set,” said State Police Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Grenham. “There’s no strings attached. This is given to them to whatever they think will benefit their family most and their child most.”
The cause means a lot to Grenham, as his now 14-year-old daughter was diagnosed with leukemia when she was three.
“The community that shows up and comes to the event, I couldn’t speak higher about our community here in Marshfield, absolutely outstanding,” said Grenham.
The parking lot was filled with cars, and throughout the restaurant, it was wall-to-wall with people supporting the cause.
“This is so amazing, to see the whole community come together,” said April Oliveira, the Marketing Director for Mama Mia’s. “Even different restaurants donating, and just everybody participating. It’s amazing to see everyone come together for such a great cause.”
Even outside of Marshfield, other Mama Mia’s restaurants were getting involved. Oliveira said the six resturants and Carmela’s each donated 10% of food sales last night to Cops for Kids with Cancer.
“They do a tremendous job making sure they can help all the kids in need,” said Plymouth County District Attorney Tim Cruz.
“It’s always a lot of fun, although you can’t find a place to park around here,” he said with a laugh.
There was a clear sense of unity in the crowd.
“All you have to do is tell the citizens of Marshfield you need help, and they’re there with their generosity, and their checks,” said Town Administrator Michael Maresco.
For more information, visit copsforkidswithcancer.org/donation-mamma-mias/.
Author: O’RYAN JOHNSON
ATTEMPT TO CHARGE: Plymouth County District Attorney Timothy Cruz is speaking out after an attempt to file criminal charges against a suspect caught with carfentanil was denied.
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JUST A FEW HOURS have passed since family members found their 20-year-old loved one unconscious on the bathroom floor, suffering from a suspected, non-fatal drug overdose. There is a knock at the door. It is a plain-clothed Plymouth Police officer and a recovery coach. The family invites the officer and coach in and they all sit down together at the kitchen table to discuss what to expect next and possible
treatment options. This is the scene being played out each day by police departments throughout Plymouth County, where an initiative is sending teams knocking door-to-door in an all hands on deck approach in the battle to combat opioid addiction.
In 2015, along with Sheriff Joseph McDonald, I formed the Plymouth County Drug Abuse Task Force, an effort to engage all community sectors to work on the opioid issue. The Drug Abuse Task Force brings law enforcement, the medical community, educators and substance abuse experts together to share information and track the current trends of the opiate epidemic. Two of our police chiefs, co-chairs of our Public Safety Committee, had been successfully running programs on their own – one initiative where follow-up visits are made with a victim hours after an overdose occurs, and another, offering community outreach and programming to families. Under the collaborative efforts of the task force and leadership of Police Chiefs Michael Botieri and Scott Allen, the two programs merged, and Plymouth County Outreach (PCO) was born.
The intent of the combined outreach effort is to provide a human touch in the critical hours of need after an overdose, and to connect family members and friends of those with substance use disorders with existing treatment resources and support in Plymouth County. Each day, police departments review all reported overdose and overdose death reports for the previous 24-hour period and determine where
follow- up is necessary. Within 12-24 hours of a suspected drug overdose, an outreach team consisting of a plain clothed police officer is paired with an on-call health care representative – either a licensed clinician or recovery coach – to conduct home visits of overdose survivors. The team attempts to meet with the person who overdosed, but oftentimes it is a sit-down with family members to discuss next steps, their options and potential treatment for the victim. Still other outreach team members find their visits involve simply listening and lending support as family members share their tragic stories of loved ones trapped in the throes of addiction.